Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102637
Authors: 
Ashraf, Quamrul
Galor, Oded
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2013-2
Abstract: 
Despite the importance attributed to the effects of diversity on the stability and prosperity of nations, the origins of the uneven distribution of ethnic and cultural fragmentation across countries have been underexplored. Building on the role of deeply-rooted biogeographical forces in comparative development, this research empirically demonstrates that genetic diversity, predominantly determined during the prehistoric "out of Africa" migration of humans, is an underlying cause of various existing manifestations of ethnolinguistic heterogeneity. Further exploration of this uncharted territory may revolutionize the understanding of the effects of deeply-rooted factors on economic development and the composition of human capital across the globe.
JEL: 
N30
O10
O50
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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